Palliative care differs from hospice care, which is provided during the last stages of life. Palliative Care, which can begin at any time following a diagnosis, focuses on improving quality of life and providing comfort for chronic illnesses such as:
In addition to chemotherapy, other procedures including infusion of fluids, injections, administration of blood products, bladder instillation, endocrine testing and bone marrow aspirations are provided in the Ambulatory Infusion area.
Radiation Therapy Radiation therapy is the use of focused, high energy radiation beams used to kill cancer cells. Radiation destroys the DNA in cancer cells and prevents the cancer from growing. As the cancer cells die, the tumor shrinks. Some normal tissue may also be damaged but will eventually regenerate. Since radiation therapy is a localized treatment, it destroys only the cancer in the treatment area.
West Georgia Health utilizes a state-of-the-art Varian Clinac iX Linear accelerator, which makes use of the sophisticated treatment techniques of Intensity-Modulated Radiotherapy (IMRT) and Image-Guided Radiotherapy (IGRT). This machine is capable of "sculpting" the beam of radiation, targeting tumors while leaving surrounding healthy tissues untouched.
In the early stages of cancer, more aggressive treatment, including any combination of the three treatment options may be used. For patients with advanced stages of cancer, palliative treatment may be prescribed to relieve symptoms such as pain, bleeding and shortness of breath.
Early Detection through Low Dose CT Scan
Research shows that using a low dose Computed Tomography (CT) scan can help detect lung cancer before signs or symptoms have begun showing. Early stage cancers can be more easily treated and frequently cured than later stage cancers.
Screening for lung cancer is a process that involves regular evaluations of your lungs over time to look for new cancer. The ability for CT scanners to detect tiny lung nodules and to compare them for changes in size over time is critical to the screening process.
The U.S. Preventative Services Task Force recently issued its final guidelines on lung cancer screening, based on a 2011 study funded by the National Cancer Institute and published in the Aug. 4, 2011, volume 365, edition of the New England Journal of Medicine. The study found a 20 percent reduction in deaths from lung cancer among current or former heavy smokers who were screened with low dose CT versus those screened by chest X-ray.
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New Program Assesses Hereditary Risks
Are you at increased risk for cancer?
If you have a personal or strong family history of breast cancer, ovarian cancer, colorectal cancer or endometrial cancer, you may be at risk. Hereditary or genetic cancer accounts for 5 to 10 percent of all cancers. If you are identified as having a genetic predisposition to cancer, it may significantly affect your healthcare decisions.
West Georgia Health now offers a hereditary risk assessment program to help determine whether you are at an increased risk for cancer. Cindy Snyder, DNP, APRN, APNG, who specializes in cancer risk assessment and testing for hereditary cancer syndromes, is now available at the Enoch Callaway Cancer Clinic to help you assess your risk.
Please review the following guidelines to help you decide if your personal and/or family medical histories warrant an assessment. If so, please discuss your concerns with your physician and ask for a referral to our program.
Admission to this program is by physician referral only. For a referral, please ask your physician to call 706-845-3000 to set an appointment. Your physician also may call 706-845-3866 for additional information.